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South Florida charities accepting donations for Oklahoma tornado victims

gcherelus@MiamiHerald.comMay 21, 2013 

South Florida charities are collecting donations to help victims of the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma.

Organizations including the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami are taking donations online and through the mail.

“The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami has been in touch with Catholic Charities in Oklahoma and we are stepping forward to help our brothers and sisters who need the help,” said Mary Ross Agosta, director of communications for archdiocese.

“We are appealing to everyone, not just Catholics,” Agosta said. “We are looking for monetary donations that we can quickly send to Oklahoma.”

Local groups are looking to help in other ways, too.

The Miami-Dade Fire’s Search and Rescue unit, which has responded to disasters across the world, has not been called to assist Oklahoma authorities, but remains on standby.

“We are ready when they need us,” fire rescue spokeswoman Cristina Armand said.

Capt. Kelly Durant of the Miami’s Salvation Army will join the Salvation Army team serving in Moore, Okla., for two weeks starting Friday. Durant will offer emotional support to victims and first responders of the tragedy.

Here is a list of some of the organizations coordinating relief efforts.

Donations are being accepted through the listed addresses and websites.

• Greater Miami Jewish Federation

4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137.

Note “Oklahoma Tornadoes Relief Fund” in the comment area online and the memo area of checks.

• Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami

9401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138.

Designate your gift by noting “Oklahoma” in the memo line.

• American Red Cross Disaster Relief

Call 800-RED CROSS.

Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

• The Salvation Army

Call 800-SAL-ARMY.

Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation; to confirm, respond with “Yes.”

• Neighbors 4 Neighbors

8900 NW 18th Ter., Miami, FL 33172. – click the DONATE NOW button.

• McDonald’s & Power 96 LIVE

These participating restaurants and locations will be collecting nonperishable goods from Wednesday to Friday:

Pines & Flamingo | 6- 8 p.m. | POWER 96 Live Broadcast

12480 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Bird Road & Palmetto | 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

7901 SW 40th St. Miami, FL 33155

Fort Lauderdale | 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

300 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Homestead | 6 a.m.-10 a.m.

2880 NE Eighth St., Homestead, FL 33033

• United Way of Miami-Dade

Ansin Building

ATTN: Finance Department

3250 SW Third Ave.

Miami, FL 33129-2712

If your agency is raising money for tornado victims in Oklahoma, email

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